Well I finally did it…I made my own laundry detergent! 3 years ago, I would have looked at someone like they were crazy for making their own, but now I have started making my own deodorant and laundry detergent!
I also remember thinking my mom was nuts for using vinegar to clean (this is what I use now). I would say, “Why don’t you use what everyone else is using?” By the way – the new me likes to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing 😉 Anyway, looks like my mom was right….again!
The main reason I have decided to go the natural route with cleaning products and skin care is due to the toxins, but it is a money saver also, and since I was laid off, and now trying to build a business, saving money where we can is important.
I decided to do a quick search on the Environmental Working Group’s page to see how bad the laundry detergent I used to use was. Geesh!!! For Purex, ratings are D & F’s! Just to see, I decided to check out Dreft since they have done such a good job of marketing to parents, making them think that their products are safe for their babies….NOPE! A big fat F, with a high concern in developmental and reproductive toxicity! Really?!? This is the stuff that gets me mad – the deceptive marketing by these big corporations, preying on vulnerable parents who want the best for their kids. It makes me sick actually!
I cannot lie; I too fell prey to deceptive marketing when I first began my quest to live a less toxic lifestyle, and went out and bought Seventh Generation. Too bad, they score a D 🙁 Then, after some research, I went on to using Soap Nuts. These are the most all natural way you can go with washing laundry; and they definitely work, but they are not the most cost effective (if anyone has found them super cheap, please let me know).
Now, onto my quest for a DIY laundry detergent. I did a lot of searching, but the majority of the recipes called for borax and Fels Naptha soap. Borax is rated with an F, and Fels Naptha with a C, so that wasn’t happening. Then I stumbled upon this recipe! Perfect! So easy and inexpensive, toxic free, and it works! I tested it on my very stinky workout clothes, and all good! I can even use it the baby’s cloth diapers!
4 Ingredient DIY Chemical Free Laundry Detergent
Add all ingredients into a food processor and process until combined. Store in a container (I store mine in a mason jar), and use 1-2 tbsp per load.
As far as how much money I will be saving – I am still in the process of seeing how many loads of laundry I am able to get out of this amount, but this is what I paid for all of the ingredients:
- A big 12lb bag of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda at BJ’s Wholesale for $6.49 (a 1 lb bag is $.79 at our local grocery store)
- 55 oz. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (from our local grocery store in the laundry section) – $3.49
- 4lb container of Target Brand Epsom Salt – around $4
- 14.5 oz (grocery store) brand Sea Salt – $1.99
- Lavendar Essential Oil – prices range, but I found a .5 fl oz for $8.49
So, 1 batch probably cost me around $2.30. Honestly, it’s probably less, and I am thinking I will be getting at least 40 loads out of it, so that’s less than $.06 per load!
The Seventh Generation detergent we were using cost $19.99 for 98 loads, so about $.20/load. The Purex is closer at around $.07/load, but again, all those nasty chemicals!
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